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Safety authority plays down RAAC concerns at stadiums

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The UK’s Sports Grounds Safety Authority has stated that stadiums in the country are unlikely to be affected by the ongoing concerns regarding reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

Last week, 156 UK schools were told their buildings contained RAAC, which was used on a widespread basis by builders between the 1950s and 1980s. Many schools have had to close parts of their facilities due to safety concerns about RAAC, while hospitals, police stations, leisure centres, office blocks and council buildings are also reportedly at risk.

However, whilst the SGSA will hold talks with local authorities – which are tasked with inspecting stadiums under their jurisdiction – the organisation played down fears that such venues might be affected.

“The SGSA is aware of the concerns raised in relation to the use of RAAC,” an SGSA spokesperson told the Daily Mail.

“Large sports grounds are unlikely to be affected by this issue for a range of reasons; for example, RAAC is not commonly associated with sports ground construction.

“In addition, certified sports grounds are required to carry out a detailed annual inspection of all structures, installations and components, along with a detailed structural appraisal every six to 10 years.

“However, SGSA will work with local government to ensure any issues are identified and addressed appropriately.”